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I am looking for a tool to bend,shape metal flat & round & square. to make rings or hooks. don't want to spend too much but would like a quality tool. Maybe plans to make a tool. any ideas would be appreciated.
This is the HTP welder site. They have a few nice accessories.
Another source might be Eastwood.
01-07-2003, 06:54 AM
what size metal do you want to bend... flats and round stock is usually not a big problem... but if you want to bend square tubing.. there is a little more machine involved...
I've got a H.F. metal bender that I make small stuff on... it can handle flat stock up to about 1-1/2 across and 3/16" thick. the dies included are for flat stock but solid rod is no problem... won't do tubing with these dies... I got it for around $70 bucks...
there are dies available from another source for this bender for round and square tubing... I just haven't invested in them yet.
If you're interested or buy one... I can give you the company name of the originator (H.F. is a knockoff) he has all kind of dies, torque multipliers and machines... nice stuff...
If you're serious about bending tubing, I'd suggest a Hossfield (?) bender... much more expensive but a quality professional tool..
If you're only interested in heavy wire stock... the flat bar benders with holes drilled and bolts installed will do most of what you want... I'm sure someone here has a plan to share
you can try a Google search on "metal bending" or "metal benders" and find a bunch of stuff... including the guys that try to do it with their mind... :D
hope it helps
01-08-2003, 06:56 PM
for any that are interested... the original maker of the universal metal benders that harbor freight sells is HowRon Industires..
their email address is email@example.com
address is Denton Texas
phone # is 940-320-3950
they have the dies for the machines... other heavier and lighter duty machines and a neat video that shows setup and use of their benders...